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SPRING/SUMMER 2015 - A PARADIGM SHIFT
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Final trapping regulations are up for a vote by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission on July 10, 2015
in Cody, WY!

 
1.1% of Teton County, 29,769 acres out of a total of 2,696,369, is Wyoming Untrapped's request to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to implement trapping regulation changes that would prevent furbearer traps from being set on hiking trails. This request is only 2.6% of trail mileage in the Bridger Teton National Forest and the Caribou Targhee National Forest. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is proposing to close one small corridor, Cache Creek trail, in the Bridger Teton National Forest to furbearer trapping.  While we appreciate this step forward, we do not feel that adequately addresses the issues of traps catching pets. It means that furbearer traps will still be found on all Forest Service trails except Cache Creek, posing a danger to the pets of the non-trapping users who use those trails. It's time to speak out, show up, and let the Commission know this isn't enough to meet the needs of non-consumptive users, their pets, and the Teton County community. Managing for a diverse set of users by separating hiking trails and trapping is simply responsible management. Please consider using the buttons below to take action now, or view our TAKE-ACTION page for full details.

WU is now proposing trapping setbacks of 300-feet on a mere 26 trail segments that focus on areas of high non-trapping use.  It's a small request that would make a difference in mitigating the dog trapping incidents Teton County has already seen too many of. And it reflects the unique needs in an area with considerably high levels of non-consumptive outdoor recreation, outdoor tourism, and dog ownership.

Change happens slowly in Wyoming. Even the small change WGFD has proposed (closing Cache Creek to furbearer trapping) needs support from you to be enacted.  The WGF Commission is in the position to make the right choice for Teton County by implementing setbacks on more of the requested trails.  No matter where you are from, let them know you think this is the right way to manage wildlife on public lands, and that the public deserves a reasonable expectation of safety on public trails. Traps and Trails Don't Mix! Our public lands are for all to enjoy.



Lisa Robertson
& the WU Board of Directors
Attend the Public Commission Meeting, Cody, WY July 10, 10:00 AM
Sign Our Petition
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WU is asking the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to require trappers to report non-target incidents, and for WGFD to record the data for public access.  WU is Bringing Light to an Under-Exposed Issue and has launched an incident database and map, showing recent reported dog trapping incidents, other non-target incidents, and furbearer harvest reports in the state.  Last week, we received details of 57 additional reported non-target incidents, including 12 mountain lions, 3 golden eagles, 3 bobcats, 5 otters, and more caught and killed in snares and other traps since 2009. We'll post these in the near future. We don't know how many other non-target animals were killed but not reported. Traps do not discriminate. View the incidents & stats map and read more.
Although this mountain lion non-target trapping incident was reported in Montana, this can happen in any state. Forensic evidence confirmed this was real and the remains of a mountain lion trapped found in the Bitterroots of Montana. It was found along with claw marks up a tree in which the mountain lion must have tried to escape as lions often do. It was found this spring 2015 and long after trapping season for wolves in Montana had ended.
WU believes that signs warning all users of trapping activities should be posted in all areas where high trapping use and high recreational use coincide. WU encourages the WGFD to work with USFS, and other associated agencies, to develop better public awareness campaigns.
Following a dog trapping incident on Fall Creek Road in Jackson, WY, WU requested a warning sign for public awareness.  We want to thank the Bridger Teton National Forest for their immediate response by posting this informative notice.
 Your Voice Counted! 
 
WGFD just published comments from the eight public meetings held in Wyoming for changes to the Chapter 4, Furbearing Animal Hunting or Trapping Seasons.  We received over 450 pages of comment with overwhelming support for Wyoming Untrapped's "Traps and Trails Don't Mix" proposal plus over 2,000 petition signatures!  
Public Comments
 New Report of a Dog-Trapping Incident
Near Gillette, Wyoming

 
Dog-owner story: "We were Geocaching in the Burnt Hollow Hiking and Biking Trail, parking off of Highway 59. The coordinates for the cache are N44 31.081 W105 26.394. We were about 1/2 way from the parking lot and the cache, when my dog started to scream!  Less than 30 feet from the cache, one of his front legs was stuck in a trap - it was under a tree. Right next to where I stepped was another trap. It took 2 adults to open the trap and free my dog.  His physical injury was minor, scraped skin and a little swelling.  Walking was painful for a few days. The traps were old with no type of identification."

WU follows up on all reported incidents.  However, many incidents are not reported for various reasons. Please let us know of any dog trapping incidents, or any traps you might find. We would appreciate your call..
info@wyominguntrapped.org.
Photo: Bobcat, wild and untrapped, by PredatorDefense.org

Trapping Facts

Did you know?  

Furbearer animal trapping requires only a $44 license fee with unlimited trapping?  "Furbearer Animals" means badger, beaver, bobcat, marten, mink,   muskrat, or weasel.        




 
Did you know?

Predatory animals can be legally trapped in Wyoming every single day of the year without limits and without having to pay for a trapping license?
"Predatory Animals" means coyote, jackrabbit, porcupine, raccoon, red fox, skunk, stray cat.
Read Our Proposal to WGFD
Map of WGFD Proposal
List of Trails with Requested Setbacks
Map of Requested Trails
Setbacks are A Step Forward
Watch Our
Take-Action Video
How to Release Your Pet From a Trap
Would you know how to release your dog from a trap the moment it happened? Traps can be set directly along the trails you hike with your dog. Learn now, learning later could be too late! 
WU UPDATES

Building the WU Team

The Wyoming Untrapped Team continues to grow stronger! Our new Program Director, Peggy Struhsacker, is already hard at work on our new programs and campaigns. 

Peggy comes to us with a diverse background in wildlife biology, management and advocacy.  She was the Wolf Project Leader for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and a wolf specialist for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in the Northern Rockies.  While at NWF, Peggy worked on lynx issues in Maine, other ESA species and was involved with many aspects of NWF’s private and public lands programs. 
Peggy is a passionate and dedicated wildlife professional with 25+ years of experience advocating for ecosystem biodiversity and extensive knowledge of issues affecting the Northern Rockies. 
Peggy has family in Jackson, Wyoming.
 

 

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Wyoming Untrapped is continually grateful for the use of Thomas D. Mangelsen's stunning images on our website!                               
 
Board of Directors
Lisa Robertson - President
Deborah Reis
Ann Smith
Jason Williams


Program Director 
Peggy Struhsacker
peggy@wyominguntrapped.org
Advisory Council
Sharon Brown
Franz Camenzind
Penelope Maldonado
Marjorie Pettus
Gary Shockey

 
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